Kane Richardson has expressed his disappointment at missing out on this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) but claimed he wouldn't have been able to forgive himself for not being present at the birth of his first child.
Richardson recently withdrew from the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad for the upcoming IPL season with the team management roping in Adam Zampa in his place.
He will thus head straight back home in Adelaide following the conclusion of Australia's limited-overs tour of England and undergo a two-week period of quarantine.
The challenges involved in travel limitations due to the global coronavirus pandemic has been the main factor leading to Richardson's refusal to go ahead with the IPL stint.
"It's always difficult to withdraw from a competition like the IPL, it's the pinnacle domestic competition in the world so it wasn't an easy decision, but when I sat down and thought about it, it was definitely the right one," he was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
"With all that's going on in the world at the moment and the challenge of getting home on time for something as unpredictable as the birth of a child, I couldn't risk missing that.
"I'm disappointed to miss the IPL but hopefully there are opportunities ahead for that.
"I don't think I'd be able to live with missing the birth of my first child … I can be home and support my wife as best I can, and hopefully, those [cricket] opportunities come around again."
Over the next two weeks, Richardson will be in action for Australia as he is considered to be a pivotal member of their white-ball outfit.
Richardson faces stiff competition to fill in the role of the third seam bowling option in the team behind automatic picks Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.
His returns during Australia's T20 warm-ups were bettered by Andrew Tye and Daniel Sams while Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott and Riley Meredith also give the Aussie selectors plenty of pace bowling resources at their disposal.
Although Richardson has played a crucial part in Australia's promotion to the world No. 1 ranking in T20Is, he remained uncertain of a secure spot in the playing XI.
"Coming off five months of doing nothing you don't really know until we start, but if I look back in the last 12 months, I feel like I've done the job in the games we've played," he said.
"It's been a nice period for our T20 team and it's been nice personally to be part of it. You never feel 100 per cent comfortable behind those guys but hopefully my name is called Friday night and I can come in and do a job."
"But there's a fair group of fast bowlers here with a big touring party so I'm sure whoever gets the nod will do a really good job behind those two," he added.